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Perioperative Efficiency Tool Kit 2013 – AORN 

Patient safety, patient satisfaction, and patient flow are all important elements of operational efficiency in the perioperative setting. Opportunities exist to improve patient safety, the coordination of care, minimize delays and wastes, increase operating room utilization, and enhance the perioperative experience for the patient and family, as well as the perioperative team members. This learning activity is intended to discuss ways to implement actions to optimize perioperative patient flow and operational efficiency with an emphasis on safe patient preparation, starting surgeries on time (first case starts), and room turnover.  

10 habits of successful process professionals

Wondering how you can become a process professional with high impact in your organization? Here are ten (well, really eight) habits of successful process professionals.  Spoiler Alert: Focus on listening.  Listen to the business. Listen to your customers.  Listen to your employees.

An exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition
/uploadedImages/SHSNew/Flexsim Healthcare.jpgSponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.

Entries are now being accepted for the SHS Student Simulation Competition. Gather a team of four students to solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500!

Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Orlando, Fla., at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 18-20, 2015. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, complimentary conference registration, certificates and cash awards.

Entry forms are due no later than Sept. 30. Don't miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the "awards."

For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition Web page.

Making Process Improvement ‘Stick’

Process improvements have become a main goal at hospitals, particularly as demands for greater efficiency in care delivery rise alongside care costs and pressures to improve outcomes. Hospitals can facilitate these improvements by first explaining to staff why the changes are necessary, then encouraging leaders to champion the improvements by tying their evaluations to the outcome, as well as ensuring staff and leaders have the skills necessary to achieve those goals.

Hospital Consolidations Raise Costs, Reduce Care Quality

According to The Synthesis Project, an ongoing national study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, hospital consolidation generally results in higher prices and a decline in care quality. A second study in the project concludes that for-profit hospitals are more likely to focus on highly profitable services than nonprofit hospitals.

Ensuring Competition Begins with Transparency

"In theory, {healthcare} it's an environment ripe for collusion and imposition of market power-driven price increases on consumers, insurers and employers, who can be taken for a ride by dominant insurers blithely passing along price increases. In theory, excessive market power also squelches innovation and makes it difficult for new entrants to enter the market. Yet there's no evidence any of that is taking place. In fact, healthcare delivery appears to be at the dawn of new era of innovation that's helping drive down both volume and prices."

 The Life of a Healthcare CIO: St. Bernards Healthcare's Mark Odom

As many IEs in Healthcare, Mark Odom started his career in manufacturing right out of college. He has found many valuable lessons from manufacturing that he now uses as the CIO of St. Benards Healthcare.

 Healthcare’s digital future: McKinsey & Company

Insights from the McKinsey & Company international survey can help your healthcare organizations plan your next moves in the journey toward full digitization. The authors believe the healthcare industry is on the cusp of a third wave of IT adoption and that now is the time for it to go all in on digital strategies. Understanding what patients want – and what is purely myth – can help pave the way.

New Member with Successful Career: Tiffany Formby

Tiffany Formby

The Society for Health Systems wants to highlight the successful career of Tiffany Formby. Tiffany is an Associate in the Physician Solutions Group for Huron Consulting Group. She received her B.S. in industrial engineering in 2011 and M.S. in health systems in 2012, both from Georgia Tech. To read Tiffany’s profile, as well as those previously highlighted, visit the Members with Successful Careers section of the SHS website.

Member milestones - June to August 2014

Please join us in congratulating the following members for their continued service and membership with Society for Health Systems. Click here to view members have been completed milestone years of service to the society in the months of June to August 2014.

SHS NEWSLETTER

SHS NewsletterJuly 2014

The July 2014 edition of the SHS Newsletter features a report recently released by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to President Barack Obama that identifies a comprehensive set of recommendations, including the implementation of systems engineering, to address cost and quality challenges in healthcare. Introduced for the first time are the entry details and prize monies for an exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim! Also you will find articles on a continuously updated database of de-identified patient information launched by Practice Fusion, a cloud-based electronic health record vendor; nurse retention; online reviews to help fix medicine; and the six types of healthcare "costs." Four SHS members are also recognized for their achievements and professional milestones.

Read about FREE webinar on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern time: "Quest for Healthcare Value: Combining DMAIC and ISO 9001."

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EVENTS & TRAINING
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18
  Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 5 Days

AUG
18
  Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Birmingham, AL - 5 Days

AUG
25
  Lean Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 8 Days

SEP
8
  Principles in Patient Flow and Throughput
Norcross, GA - 2 Days

SEP
15
  Six Sigma Black Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 15 Days

OCT
14
  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

OCT
28
  Lean Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

DEC
9
  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days

DEC
15
  Lean Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 5 Days

JAN
21
  Six Sigma Green Belt for Healthcare
Norcross, GA - 3 Days